Varsity sports roundup

A pair of Martlets led the way as Canada took the gold in women's hockey at the 25th Winter Universiade in Turkey. Back at home, the Redmen and Martlets both prevailed over Laval before a “Pack the House” capacity crowd of 872 at Love Competition Hall in basketball action last Friday.
Redmen guard Karim Sy-Morissette drives to the basket during the Redmen's thrilling 85-83 defeat of Laval last Friday. / Photo: Adam Scotti

By McGill Reporter Staff

At the 25th Winter Universiade in Turkey, Canada won gold in women’s hockey with a 4-2 victory over Finland. Ann-Sophie Bettez and Carly Hill, both members of the McGill Martlets, scored for Canada. Redmen forward Maxime Langelier-Parent scored once as the Canadian men’s team claimed the bronze medal with a 3-1 win over Kazakhstan on Sunday. The men dropped a 4 -2 decision to Russia in the tournament’s semifinals. The first goal for Canada that game was scored by Redmen defenceman Marc-Andre Dorion.

In women’s hockey at McConnell Arena last Saturday, defenceman Cathy Chartrand scored from a set faceoff play with only 15 seconds remaining as No.1-ranked McGill escaped with a 2-1 victory over Carleton. The result improved the Martlets record to 16-0 on the season and extended their win streak to 97 consecutive games against Quebec University Hockey League opponents. The Martlets play at Concordia on Feb. 11.

In men’s hockey at Ottawa, the Carleton Ravens blanked a depleted Redmen squad 3-0. McGill, the top-scoring team in the nation, was missing six regulars from its lineup. The Redmen are now 22-2-2, and are expected to have at least three of their top players back in time for Friday’s home game against the Ottawa Gee-Gees.

In women’s volleyball action at the Currie Gym, the Laval Rouge et Or swept McGill 25-21, 25-20 and 25-22 to clinch a first-place bye on the final day of the regular season. The Martlets finished third with a 10-10 record and will take on the second-place Montreal Carabins (17-3) in the conference best-of-three semifinals next weekend.

The Redmen and Martlets both prevailed over Laval before a “Pack the House” capacity crowd of 872 at Love Competition Hall in basketball action last Friday.

Point-guard Olivier Bouchard scored 21 points as the Redmen rallied to defeat the No.8-ranked Rouge et Or 85-83. It was only McGill’s third win in their last 17 meetings with Laval, which had won all three previous meetings this season by a combined total of 12 points. Only five games remain before the playoffs begin. The Redmen (7-4), who now sit two points behind division-leading Laval (8-3) and Concordia (8-4), play at UQAM (4-7) on Feb. 11.

In women’s hoops action, Martlets Guard Natalie Larocque scored 21 points and forward Anneth Him-Lazarenko registered a “double-double” in a 65-58 win. The division-leading Martlets improved to 10-1 with five games remaining before playoffs. McGill’s 10 victories is the most in 14 years, since they went 16-4 in 1996-97. Five games remain before post-season play and the Martlets can clinch the regular season pennant with a victory at UQAM (6-5) on Feb. 11.

With files from Earl Zukerman, McGill Athletics & Recreation